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Mark Gibson

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‘Big River’ offers fall adventure

NOTE: The Columbia River is a major river, with commercial traffic, rapid changes in flow and unpredictable weather. Boating the river may or may not be safe on any given day. Exploring a river the size of the Columbia is a daunting prospect for any paddler, and a region famous for its wind seems an unlikely haven for a canoeist. Even the Lewis and Clark expedition, having rested up a bit in The Dalles after crossing the plains, the Rocky Mountains and navigating Celilo Falls, were stalled for a time at what is now known as Crates Point because they were unable to make any headway against the stormy October wind. Only by leaving early the next morning were they able to round the point and proceed downriver.

November 29, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..

Framing the world of beauty

Westwind Frame and Gallery owner Marty Hiser will be celebrating 25 years as a framer with a “Thank you” party Friday, Nov. 28, during the Starlight parade. “It's my customer appreciation night,” she explained.

November 13, 2014 9:45 a.m. read more..

Ostrye: Local support a plus

“I really like people, and I find their everyday problems, and the solutions to their problems, interesting,” said Judge Karen Ostrye, in describing her decision to pursue a vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District.

October 24, 2014 3:27 p.m. read more..

Artisian Attic seeks vendors

Artists and antique dealers with an eye to quality are encouraged to investigate “The Artisan Attic” being established in the upstairs loft of “The whole ball of yarn” downtown The Dalles.

October 23, 2014 9:23 a.m. read more..

Photographs from the Dallesport Fire, July 13

Crews from the Dallesport Fire Department extinguish a blaze between The Dalles Airport and Highway 14 Sunday afternoon. It was one of several fires started by a rash of lighning strikes in the area. <em>All photos Mark B. Gibson</em>

July 13, 2014 10:22 p.m. read more..

Honoring Veterans

Al WYNN, owner of KODL Radio in The Dalles, hands out a certificate of appreciation and gift card for services to veteran David McGaughey at the Hometown Heroes segment of Fourth of July festivities. Mona Fox, operations manager, said the broadcast center wanted to honor the men and women who had defended America’s freedoms during the Independence Day celebration. She said local merchants came foward with generous donations for the 15 veterans who were present to accept awards, along with their families. Mark B. Gibson photo

July 8, 2014 3:52 p.m. read more..

Pool will stay closed in ‘14

The Thompson Park pool in The Dalles will not operate this summer, but remain closed until completion of a replacement pool scheduled to open Memorial Day 2015.

November 22, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..

Pool to remain closed next summer

The Thompson Park pool in The Dalles will not operate this summer, but remain closed until completion of a replacement pool scheduled to open on Memorial Day, 2015.

November 20, 2013 9:19 p.m. read more..

Fire managers release structure safety responsibilities to local district

Fire managers spoke of the Blackburn Fire in the past tense during a community fire meeting Saturday night, Aug. 24, at The Dalles Wahtonka High School. The structural threat is over, task forces have been released, and the safety of area homes is once again the official responsibility of Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue.

August 25, 2013 7:22 a.m. read more..

Dufur Threshing Bee

ZEBULEN STELZER, 5, left, and brother Zadion, 2, watch a demonstration of how corn kernels are removed from the cob with a hand-cranked machine at the Dufur Threshing Bee Saturday, Aug. 10.

August 13, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..

Focused on the Jump

Noah Mears, 13, prepares to jump his board onto a rail Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, at the Benjamin Rockwell memorial skatepark in The Dalles.

August 9, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

‘Shadow of the Raven’

Edgar Allan Poe (Duffy Hudson) responds in terror during his recital of "The Tell-Tale Heart." The piece was one of several he performed at The Dalles Wasco County Libary Tuesday night, June 25.

June 26, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..

One Act Plays at The Dalles Wahtonka

GYPSY ROSE (Madeleine Morgan) gets an unclear reading from her crystal ball as she looks for clues to "The Mysterious Case of The Missing Ring" during a Night of One Acts presented by The Dalles Wahtonka High School drama department Wednesday, May 29.

May 30, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..

District eyes new rollerhockey rink site

District to consider new rink at site of old skatepark The roller hockey youth league sponsored in recent years by the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District will not compete this year due to a decline in participation, and the district will take advantage of the lull to explore a new site for the rink currently located at Riverfront Park.

May 17, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..

Native plants invade Dufur

The new plantings were made after the offices were recently expanded, and Wesseler hopes to create a dendrology tour area in what was once a large lawn.

May 3, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..

Sorosis could be ‘pump’ park site

Kids with bikes and dirt piles have long attracted one to the other, and the Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is investigating the possibility of creating an official “pump park” at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. A “pump park” is a low speed dirt track in which the bicycles are “pumped” over jumps and other features.

May 1, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..

Parks and Rec plans pool bond in November

North Wasco County Park and Recreation District voters will be asked in November to fund a new swimming pool to replace the failing facility at Thompson Park. The “bare bones” bond proposal will seek money to replace the pool, the whole pool, and nothing but the pool.

April 25, 2013 6:10 p.m. read more..


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